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1 Prism of Opportunity Providing a Gateway to All Stages of Life County Commission Presentation December 19, 2006 Iredell 2025

2 2 Agenda Overall Process and Plan Goal Area Discussions and Presentations Implementation Issues

3 3 The Process TaskWhen Task 1 - Steering Committee MeetingAugust 23 Task 2 - Information GatheringAugust - September Task 3 – Initial Planning Group WorkshopSeptember Task 4 - Goal Area Task Force WorkshopsOctober Task 5 – Planning Group Follow-Up WorkshopNovember 14 Task 6: County Commission UpdateDecember 19 Task 7: County Commission RetreatFebruary 24

4 4 Steering Committee Jonathan Byers Bill Newell Vaughn Sprinkle Cecil Stallard Jane Testerman

5 5 Planning Group Don Bartell, Retired Executive - IBM & Bank of America Jonathan Byers, Retired Teacher James Cartner, Veterinarian Small and Large animals Donna Corriher, Community Experience Specialist, Lowe's YMCA Laura Ferguson, Real Estate Agent for Allen Tate Cyndi Godfrey, Godfrey Lumber Company, Inc Thurman Houston, Mooresville Town Board Roger Hyatt, Interim Director of Mitchell Community College, Mooresville Center Vickie Kidd, Construction Co. and Realty Co. Co-Owner & Developer Glen Lindemann. Retired CEO Scott Technologies & Resident Kenny Miller, Ed.D., Director of Plant Operations, Iredell- Statesville Schools Lisa Miller, Early College Program Principal at Mitchell Community College Wayne Miller, Retired School Assistant. Superintendent, Real Estate James T. (Teddy) Millsaps, Retired high school principal and rental property Thurman Houston, Board Member Town of Mooresville William F Bill Newell, Jr., Consulting Engineer & Local Businessman Mike Smith, Greater Statesville Development Corp. Cecil Stallard, Transportation Logistics, Residential Custom Building, Statesville City Council Jessie Summers, Retired Elementary School Teacher / Church & Community Volunteer Jane Testerman, Retired Professor Emeritus UNC Charlotte, Former Superintendent MGSD Destiny Tsumas, Real Estate Reggie Weisner, Prison Superintendent Ruth Wells, Retired School Teacher – Museum Board – Various Community Projects Susan Wolff, Volunteer Coordinator, Lowe's YMCA

6 6 Vision and Values Vision Prism of Opportunity Providing a Gateway to All Stages of Life Values Good moral base (that reflects mutual respect, equity for all, religion, and southern hospitality) Importance of education (academic, arts, and recreation) Public safety and health Support for agriculture Environmental sensitivity Encouragement of business and commerce Cultural enrichment

7 7 Mission To be recognized as a leading county that provides exceptional opportunities and enhances the quality of life for all.

8 8 Goals Areas Land Use/Environment Economic Vitality Transportation Collaborative Government Education/Culture/Recreation Comprehensive Health Care Public Safety

9 9 Goal Area Workshop Process Workshop of diverse groups of Iredell County citizens to address: Goal Obstacles Most Important Current Activities Critical Success Factors Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats and Opportunities Measures of Success Strategies Implementation Issues

10 10 Land Use/ Environment

11 11 Participants Vaughn Sprinkle, Chair Rex Bell Laura Ferguson Nancy Keith Vickie Kidd Harry Myers Mark Needham Frank Templeton Reggie Weisner Alan Williams

12 12 Goal To balance the land use plans through collaborative efforts between Iredell County and the municipalities. Comments: Better managed growth is essential to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Iredell County Agriculture is very important in Iredell County

13 13 Land Use/Environment Strategies Strategy Key Implementing Organization 1. Create a coordinating group of leaders from the County and municipalities to provide leadership in land use and to discuss and resolve community-wide issues. County Commission and Municipalities 2. Research, benchmark and adopt best practices from the top two or three communities that have successfully faced similar growth challenges, with consideration of funding issues. Newly formed coordinating group 3. Assure that all land use plans tie together and are consistent with the Countys economic development, transportation, education, environmental, and other quality of life goals and protect the Countys agricultural community. Newly formed coordinating group 4. Control growth until infrastructure catches up with population and consider buying land in advance of growth. County and Municipalities 5. Communicate land-use plans and their importance to the public. Newly formed coordinating group 6. Conduct bi-annual summit to review overall plans and progress and to suggest corrective action. Newly formed coordinating group

14 14 Economic Vitality

15 15 Participants Cecil Stallard, Chair Don Bartell Brad Howard Melanie OConnell Underwood Kenny Miller Wayne Miller Ray Rabe C. Michael Smith

16 16 Goal To achieve sustained, balanced, and diversified commercial, industrial, and residential growth consistent with a changing economic environment Comments: It is essential to grow and maintain balance It is a risk if residential increases too quickly in comparison to industrial and commercial development Iredell County should take full advantage of State initiatives

17 17 Economic Vitality Strategies Strategy Key Implementing Organization 1. Support efforts of and enhance collaboration between economic development corporations and Chambers relating to recruitment, retention, expansion, and agri-business. EDCs and Chambers 2. Use zoning to influence economic development efforts. County and municipalities 3. Create public/private partnerships and determine funding to create sites for buildings. EDCs, County, municipalities, and business groups 4. Support educational efforts to enhance work force development, explore opportunities resulting from potential labor availability created by automotive manufacturer cutbacks, and communicate existing Mitchell C.C. programs. School Boards, Mitchell C.C., and County 5. Build on NASCAR, motorsports suppliers, and Lowes presence in the County. EDCs and Chambers 6. Identify and pursue opportunities in emerging industries in which Iredell County has a competitive advantage such as alternative energy (and other agricultural related opportunities) and Life Sciences (as Kannapolis project progresses). EDCs and Chambers 7. Create a Task Force to consider and, if appropriate, to champion the establishment or recruitment of a four year college. County Commission to appoint

18 18 Transportation

19 19 Participants Don Bartell, Chair Alan Boyce Chris Dawes Bjorn Hansen Vickie Kidd Glen Lindemann Teddy Millsaps Wally Riddle Terry Taylor Destiny Tsumas Harry Tsumas Steve Warren

20 20 Goal To provide a transportation infrastructure to support the growth of Iredell County communities in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner Comment: This goal must be achieved to positively impact economic development, citizen satisfaction, and overall quality of life the citizens desire

21 21 Transportation Strategies Strategy Key Implementing Organization 1. Establish a Task Force to explore new sources of funding and revenue such as bonds, special tax districts, grants and others; to identify funding opportunities for alternative transportation (Federal funds or others); and to support transportation issues. County Commission to appoint the Task Force Transportation Advisory Board 2. Strengthen lobbying efforts to enhance Iredell's transportation interests at the State, regional and local levels. County Commission 3. Obtain strategic highway corridor designation for Highway 150 (use NC 73 as a model) County and Municipalities 4. Ensure transportation plans are integrated with land use plans and are understood down to the lowest level of relevant organizations. County and Municipalities 5. Publicize and build public support for transportation issues through community action, media, public education and other public communication. Task Force

22 22 Collaborative Government

23 23 Participants Bill Newell, Chair Anna Bonham Donna Corriher Rick Dowdle Cheryl Mendenhall

24 24 Goal To enhance cooperation among governmental entities to develop and maintain similar ordinances and policies, whenever possible Comments: Currently schools, police, fire, libraries are collaborating effectively to control cost and provide enhanced service. Additional effort is needed in zoning and land-use.

25 25 Collaborative Government Strategies Strategy Key Implementing Organization 1. Obtain support from key opinion leaders from all parts of the County to get behind the effort to enhance collaboration and communicate historical successes and their impact. Strategic Planning Group 2. Involve key elected officials and municipal management to quantify benefits, develop priorities, create buy-in for the concept and provide direction to the leadership group, building on their current meetings and efforts. County and municipal leaders 3. Appoint a liaison group that reports to the respective senior management of the County and municipalities to monitor collaboration efforts, resolve problems, evaluate results (especially relating to land use and zoning), mobilize common efforts at State level, and publicize results and benefits of collaboration. County and municipal leaders

26 26 Education/Culture /Recreation

27 27 Participants Jane Testerman, Chair Don Breedlove Jim Calabrese John Dodson William Findt Jane Getsinger Devry Gibbs Theresa Golas Roger Hyatt Brenda Joyner Sherry Klepfer Walter Klepfer Kenny Miller Lisa Miller Ralph Phifer Jessie Summers Virginia Wagner Steve Young

28 28 Goal To excel in providing diverse educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all Iredell County residents Comments: This is a very high priority for the future of Iredell County Education, culture, and recreation are important components of the educational environment Achieving this goal will have a positive impact on all segments of the population, not just young people

29 29 Education/Culture/Recreation Strategies Strategy Key Implementing Organization 1. Increase funding for education, cultural arts, and parks & recreational facilities and opportunities through tax revenue, supplemented by additional sources such as public/private partnerships, grants, corporate funds, and others. County Commission and leaders of agencies and groups 2. Continue collaboration efforts of school districts and Mitchell CC to build on success already achieved with a focus on academics, vocational training, and workforce development. Leaders of three entities 3. Establish a Task Force to research and benchmark educational, cultural, and recreational activities of other communities to identify an action plan for development and deployment of programs and activities and their funding, and to coordinate inter-agency communication. Representatives from schools and cultural arts groups 4. Improve communication and promotion of non-school educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities that exist in Iredell County, with a comprehensive calendar and appropriate publicity. County

30 30 Comprehensive Public Health

31 31 Participants Jonathan Byers, Chair Donna Campbell Mary Gantt Barbara Johnson Susan Johnson Wayne Miller Ray Rabe David Swann

32 32 Goal To enhance accessibility to comprehensive health care for a growing population and promotion of community wellness Comments: The private physicians and hospitals in Iredell County are considered excellent and are not specifically addressed by this goal area task force Growth will continue to strain existing health resources

33 33 Comprehensive Health Care Strategies Strategy Key Implementing Organization 1. Fund public health commensurate with community growth and seek grants and additional sources of non- tax funds. Use funds to maintain and improve access to needed services. County Commission County Health Department 2. Work with the private sector to increase their involvement in prevention education and wellness programs (especially large employers). County Health Department Chambers of Commerce 3. Enhance access for growing under-served population including non-English speaking, poor, elderly, etc. County Health Department 4. Increase County-wide communication of public health issues and disease prevention. County Health Department 5. Continue and enhance education and training for public health personnel. County Health Department

34 34 Public Safety

35 35 Participants Jonathan Byers, Chair Terry Beck David Cloer William Conrad David Hinson Ronny Thompson Paul Webster

36 36 Goal To provide effective public safety and enhance accessibility to emergency services for a growing population, with good cooperation among governmental entities Comments: Must maintain safe lawful environment, despite growth Cooperation between entities has been good and should be continued and enhanced

37 37 Public Safety Strategies Strategy Key Implementing Organization 1. Assure funding that enables public safety to keep up with growth in terms of trained paid personnel, equipment, facilities, etc. County Commission Municipal governing Boards 2. Maintain quality personnel and equipment with quality hiring, appropriate pay, effective training, and well- maintained equipment. Agencies 3. Assure that growth is public safety friendly in terms of water pressure, roads, fire department locations, etc. Require developers to support this effort as part of approval process. County Commission Municipal governing Boards 4. Create inter-agency group to address important and emerging public safety issues such as gang violence, teen crime, drugs, disaster recovery, threat of terrorism, inter-agency communications, public communication, and others. Agencies

38 38 Communications Strategy Iredell County Commission December Commission Meeting Discuss at February Retreat Ask for endorsement Municipalities Ask Mayors to present at Town/City Board meetings Ask for endorsement Public at large – some ideas Press release and press meeting Inserts in utility bills County and municipal web sites Chambers of Commerce web sites Strategic framework insert in local newspapers and distributed in libraries, civic centers and other public locations Educational piece in schools – program for civics classes Presentations to community groups

39 39 Implementation Issues Keep planning group as a Standing Committee Assign a member of Steering Committee as chairman Assign Tracy Jackson as coordinator Periodic implementation review Plan updates and revisions Hold implementing organizations accountable Communicate with and solicit support of implementing organizations (governmental and other) Acceptance of responsibility Implementation plans Review ongoing progress and communicate progress to the public

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